Mini-Camp Day One: Terry McLaurin No-Shows As Commanders Open Mandatory Practices

June 14, 2022

Mini-Camp Day One

The Washington Commanders opened mandatory mini-camp practices Tuesday at the team’s facilities in Ashburn, Virginia. One player not in attendance was star receiver Terry McLaurin who is currently locked into contract negotiations with the team.

Commanders Head Coach Ron Rivera addressed the situation bright and early Tuesday morning.

“Well, my thoughts and my only concern is that we continue to work and continue to have a dialogue. We’re not going anywhere with Terry. We want Terry to be here. Terry’s a big part of what we want to do and accomplish as a football team. So, we’re doing everything we can and we’ll continue to work with it and try and get Terry here to be part of our football team.”

When asked about the ongoing work to get McLaurin signed to a new contract, Rivera doesn’t sound like a coach that’s worried.

“I believe we’re headed in the right direction because, at the end of the day, you both start somewhere, and then you hopefully end up in the middle. And when you can end up in the middle then you know, for the most part, it’s gone right. Like they say, at the end of the day when everybody’s happy and then everybody’s mad at the same time, you’ve done what you needed to do. This is a little bit kind of like what happened with Jonathan [Allen] last year. The only difference is we came in earlier with Terry than we did with Jonathan. Jonathan, we waited and wanted to keep you guys in suspense just before training camp.”

McLaurin has stated for weeks now that he’s not going to get back on the practice field until the team gives him a long-term deal with monetary compensation that’s compatible with his peers, many of which he has outproduced. Terry is currently in the last year of his rookie deal that’s set to pay him a base salary of $2,790,000 in 2022.

In comparison, A.J. Brown just signed a 4-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles worth $100 million. For their careers, McLaurin has 222 catches for 3090 yards and 16 touchdowns (with eight QBs), while Brown has 185 catches for 2995 yards and 24 touchdowns (with two QBs). Brown’s contract will likely be the blueprint for McLaurin’s agent.

McLaurin was drafted in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, which means his rookie deal is up after four years. That would also mean if Terry were to get hurt during the 2022 season without signing a new contract, he’d be owed/guaranteed nothing. It’s hard to fault him for sitting out practice. One major injury would affect his entire financial future in terms of a new deal.

If I’ve said it once over the last two years I’ve said it a dozen…it’s time to pay that man his money. The longer Washington waits the more they will have to pay as the wide receiver market continues to grow daily. It’s hard to picture a world where Terry doesn’t command at least the $24-$25 million Brown is getting annually. Keep in mind, that A.J. Brown’s contract is worth $57.22 million in guaranteed money and gives the Eagles an out after year three as well as a voidable year at the end of the deal according to Spotrac.

Coach Rivera didn’t seem all that worried about Terry not getting reps and practice time in with new quarterback Carson Wentz at mini-camp this week.

“That’s not a big concern for a couple of reasons. One is Terry’s a professional and so is Carson. And they’ll get their time, their opportunity to work together once we get into the training camp. I believe that. I just believe it’s a matter of time getting this done, as I said. We want Terry here. We truly do. We respect who he is as a football player. We’re trying to get things worked out. But we would love to have Terry here.”

Mini-Camp Footage

So the first day of mini-camp came with a good collection of footage from the Washington beat writers who have the best access in the business. Below are a few of those clips.